Programme Updates 2015/2016
The Department of Life Sciences' curriculum structure includes: three BSc programmes, five single majors and four minors. The BSc Programmes, Majors and Minors were revised in the 2010/11 Academic Year. New second year courses were presented in 2011/12 and new third year courses in 2012/13 and 2014/15. Additional electives were introduced in 2014/15. The primary goal of the revision is to strengthen the Department’s offerings, while giving students greater flexibility in planning and completing their programmes.

This year the BSc Biology with Education replaces the Biology with Education Option. The BSc Biology with Education is offered in conjunction with the Faculty of Humanities and Education (FHE). Please contact Dr. Marcia Rainford, FHE at 927-0221 regarding the selection of Education Courses.

The prerequisites for ZOOL3403 Entomology have been revised. Click for details.

Majors & Minors: web details| brochure details
BSc Programmes: web details| brochure details
Postgraduate Offerings

Our Mission

The Department of Life Sciences seeks to realize the University's mission by making available, through excellence in teaching, research and outreach, high quality education and training for students of biology such that they are prepared to function as biologists in the regional and global arena.


The department aims to:

  • provide a range of advanced courses in the disciplines it embraces to students with a good general education.
  • provide coherent and rigorous programmes of study which extend over three or four years depending upon qualifications at entry.
  • expose students to recent developments in both theoretical and practical aspects of the disciplines.
  • train students in the use of scientific thinking and methodology as an effective approach to interacting with, understanding and affecting the biosphere.
  • use a variety of teaching and learning methodologies in the process of delivering its programmes of study.
  • employ a range of assessment methods and techniques, to enable students to demonstrate the depth of their understanding and their capacity for independent thought.
  • give guidance to students during and on the learning process as well as on the approach to the various disciplines themselves.